Translated from the Marathi taperecordings by Maurice Frydman
Revised and edited by Sudhakar S. Dikshit
Recordings of Maharaj’s answers to questions from seekers.
June 1990, Pages 550
True happiness cannot be found in things that change and pass away. Pleasure and pain alternate inexorably. Happiness comes from the self and can be found in the self only. Find your real self (swarupa) and all else will come with it.
If my real self is peace and love, why is it so restless?
Maharaj: It is not your real being that is restless, but its reflection in the mind appears restless because the mind is restless. It is just like reflection of the moon in the water stirred by the wind. The wind of desire stirs the mind and the ‘me’, which is but a reflection of the Self in the mind, appears changeful. But these ideas of movement, of restlessness, of pleasure and pain are all in the mind. The Self stands beyond the mind, aware, but unconcerned.